Expanding on my last post about fruit-inspired colors, these dresses combine different shades of orange in a color blocking fashion. I love the fact that Forever 21 has this slightly better quality line, Love 21, which uses nicer materials like silk while keeping their prices down. The gold neckline of the more expensive dress could easily be translated onto the cheaper one with a chunky gold necklace. I would wear a dress like this with some nude pumps (just picked some up yesterday after finally finding a suitable color for my skin tone) or flat shiny sandals to dress it down for a summer night.
Blood orange, cantaloupe, and mango yellow inspired shades are front and center this spring. I just ordered these fabulous earrings as my Jewelmint pick for the month of June and it got me thinking about their unique color; not quite mustard or marigold, but mango! I also wanted to do my own take on the June InStyle’s tangerine color story. This summer these fruity shades should definitely be incorporated into your wardrobe. It is so easy to do because they look especially sharp with the bright white summery pieces that everyone owns. Also try these colors with nautical navy and white stripes as an alternative to the classic red, white and blue look.
1. Bebe for 90210 hanky hem top $49
2. Jil Sander gauze solid scarf on sale for $79, from $125
5. Tod’s leather bracelet on sale for $149, from $245
6. Banana Republic Helena sequin hemmed tank on sale for $24.99, from $45
4. Cooperative a-line skirt on sale for $19.99, from $38
This morning I am on my way to get some pho! We’re going to Pho 95 because my brother is visiting from Australia and he was a regular at the place before he moved. I did not just get dressed up to go to Rockville Pike though, I am headed to work later! This outfit has two new buys in it: the bag and the top. Yesterday I picked up the bag at Forever 21, having realized that I have not really bought any large, everyday bags since high school. I needed another neutral one and these colors can be worn with everything! I will definitely be using the long strap that it came with too, for once. The blue top is Calypso St. Barth for Target. I usually don’t gravitate towards anything that could be described as a “peasant top” but I think this is a more refined version in silk tie dye, while still referencing the 70’s trend.
Studs are always an instant attraction for me when I go shopping. During my middle school years when I first discovered classic rock via my brother’s vintage CD collection, I started adding some rebellious, hard-edged accessories to my teeny bopper wardrobe.When studs made a comeback over the past few years, I was so excited that they were so widely accepted. The bag featured here today is a classic tan leather bag reinvented with a sprinkling of silver studs. The idea of reinventing the classics with studs is not just a Valentino thing; Burberry did it with their studded trenchcoats, which I referenced here.
I don’t know about all the other girls out there but I’m still on a bit of a royal wedding high. What better way to show that than through a sapphire hued dress, in honor of the royal ring. (Look, the stone hails from Sri Lanka!). This week’s look-for-less features two London-based brands, the more expensive one (see Issa featured here) being a favorite of Kate Middleton’s. I like how both designs go against the grain of traditional white or black lace by injecting some color. Even though these dresses are textured, I would colorblock my whole outfit when wearing them. Jewel-toned accessories would make the blue pop even more! Think satin ruby platform sandals, citrine earrings and an emerald clutch. Issa Lace dress $1015 vs. Topshop cobalt blue lace flippy dress $96
Cannes Film Festival is ruling the red carpet watch on all of the fashion blogs and sites. I love how the event draws such an international crowd. There are notably a lot of Indian and Chinese stunners in the best dressed highlights, yay for Asia! I have collected my favorite looks here, the ultimate being Rachel McAdams’ Marchesa dress. She really blew me away and the Old Hollywood hairstyle complemented the look perfectly. Gwen Stefani’s look is a close second. Iman wore the same sequined jumpsuit in gold at a previous event but it was total overkill with her caramel-colored mane and gilded makeup. Gwen’s pink lips and the contrast of her hair do the outfit justice.
Too busy to post yesterday, but here are some bits of inspiration from my week.
The kaftan is a summer essential but especially so this year, due to the 70’s comeback. My mom had tons of kaftans from when she lived in Liberia during the 70’s, one of which I wore last summer when I visited Santa Barbara. I like how versatile a kaftan is because they vary in length and color, but are one-size-fits-all for the most part. Kaftan-shaped tops with big loose sleeves look great with jeans or a pencil skirt. A tunic length kaftan can work well over leggings and a tank top. Long kaftans are an easy evening option in a hot climate; all you need to accessorize are bracelets, a clutch and metallic sandals (a la Rachel Zoe).